Adventures in Lancaster Valley

He grew angrier and angrier as he realized his territory was being invaded and he could do nothing about it.

Last Thursday our family packed up our car and traveled two and a half hours north to Lancaster Valley almost right in the middle of Pennsylvania.

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We finally arrived at our destination ….. a relaxing cabin in the heart of Lancaster Valley.

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The first evening we spent watching a movie….. but we also noticed hummingbirds flocking to the snowball bush next to the cabin.

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The area flora was beautiful!

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That evening we played several games.  It was a fun night with lots of playful competitiveness.

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The next morning I was up early and had a chance to see the sunrise.

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My parents pulled in around 9 AM scaring up a flock of turkeys and two deer.

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We soon engaged them in a game of Triominos.

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After playing a few games of that, we headed down the road to a local park.

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Tyler wanted a knife and fork to eat his grapes.

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My mom, my daughter and I headed for the creek for creek stomping while my son and my dad went for a short hike.

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There is more than one way to transport mattresses!

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Some area scenery…..
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Goofing around back at the cabin

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My parents left the next morning and I started taking photos of the hummingbird.

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Suddenly two deer darted across the ferns behind the hummer.

Img_8021aI saw the one pause behind a bush and I went to another window but they were gone.

I turned around noticed I was being watched through the paned window.

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I laughed as I realized the hummer was there looking for me…. trying to figure out where I had disappeared to.

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To the hummer’s horror, he discovered a visitor to his banquet.

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To make matters worse, the butterfly was joined by a bee.

He grew angrier and angrier as he realized his territory was being invaded and he could do nothing about it.

He tried pecking at the intruders but backed off when he realized attacking the bee could be deadly.

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We decided to pack a picnic for a road-trip to Poe Valley.

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Poe Valley was beautiful! Img_8138a Img_8143a Img_8144a Img_8137a

We grilled a few doggies and then Lexi and I headed for the beach for a dip in the cool, refreshing water while Tyler scouted around for a trail.

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Then the kids and I walked around the lake to the dam at the end.

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We swung around behind Norm where the kids tried to sneak up on him.

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As we left the park, Lexi spotted the Pennsylvania State Bird, the grouse.

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Some more of the area sights….

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Last night in the cabin

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The next morning was overcast and it wasn’t long until the rains arrived. It was still raining when we left the valley for home.

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Coby was so happy to see us!

I tried to get him to sit with me for a photo.

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As you can see, that didn’t go very well, but I didn’t care.  I was happy to see him, too!

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